remindmeSome words from my wife after a day that could have changed everything for our family…

My life flashed before my eyes on Saturday. I was doing vocal warm ups in the car as I headed to Awaken for worship practice when a sweet young lady ran a red light going at least 50mph and t-boned me in the middle of an intersection. I saw the inevitable about 3 seconds before impact. As debris went flying, including the hot tea I had just made, I braced as our faithful ’97 Toyota Tacoma came to a stop. The left truck wheels were off the ground and I thought the truck was about to roll. It didn’t. Smoke began to come out of the other vehicle which completely blocked my exit. I started to panic. I had to get out before something blew up! Shock turned to adrenaline as I reached for my seatbelt and climbed over my guitar to get out the passengers side door. When my feet hit the ground, I took a deep breath, and fell over. My vision was cloudy, I was dizzy, and my neck hurt, but I was alive! People had stopped in every direction and ran over to help. God sent a lady named Donna to sit with me and comfort me and remind me to keep my eyes open! Tears streaming down my face, I just wanted to see my husband and kids. The ambulance arrived and the paramedics stabilized my neck. I knew the scene around me was chaotic, but the only thing I could do was look up, literally. As the adrenaline wore off, the tears got heavier. As the tears got heavier, my praise and prayers got stronger because I was alive!

I taught on the peace of God just a couple of weeks ago at Revive, our monthly ladies’ gathering at Awaken,  and I thought back to one of the truths I shared with the ladies.

Peace is not the absence of something, but the promise of His presence.

His peace was present as I braced for impact, laid on the pavement in pain and shock, rode in the ambulance, and went through all the tests at the hospital. I have no broken bones. I don’t even have a scratch on my body! I am bruised in just about every location possible, but bruises heal. I’ve been home and have had some time to think about the day.

Psalm 139:16 says, “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

Every day. Every moment. He knew this day would come. And He was with me when it did.

Psalm 39:4 says, “Remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered-how fleeting my life is.”

Just like Donna kept reminding me to keep my eyes open, we need to be reminded of that same thing! We need to remind ourselves often that our days are numbered, but we don’t need to live in fear because He is with us!

I’m so glad that the Lord did not tell me ahead of time that my drive to worship practice would turn into a drive to the hospital! We often want to know the future but knowing the future could prevent us from experiencing His peace and missing opportunities to walk by faith.

Be reminded today that your moments, your days, have already been recorded and He will be with you in all of them. His peace is not the absence of pain, worry, fear, anxiety, depression, but the promise of His presence.